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Southampton are coming off a series of bad results but will look to change that on Saturday. They will play host to Aston Villa who are also coming off a couple of bad results themselves. Both teams are sitting at the bottom half of the Premier League standings, but Aston Villa are in much greater danger.
Date/Time: 2-22-2020, 10:00 EST
Spread: Aston Villa +1
Total: 3 Goals
Southampton (9-13-4) played a really balanced match at home against Burnley. They temporarily pulled even at the 18th minute but conceded another goal to eventually lose by 2-1. That was their third consecutive loss in all competitions, winning just one of their last six (1-4-1). But prior to that they were undefeated in six consecutive (5-0-1). Southampton are 12th in the league table with 31 points, seven ahead of the red line. Even so, they have the worst home record in the league (3-8-2), conceding 30 goals, more than any other team.
On the other hand, Aston Villa (7-15-4) are coming off a pretty upsetting home match against Tottenham. They took the lead after an own-goal, but then found themselves down by one. They pulled even but conceded a late goal in the stoppage time to lose by 3-2. They have now lost two in a row and have won just two of their last eight in all competitions (2-4-2). Aston Villa are now sitting at the 17th spot of the Premier League with 25 points, just one point above the relegation zone. In addition, they have the 2nd worst away record in the league (2-9-2) but have scored in each of their last five away matches.
Southampton easily beat Aston Villa by 3-1 on the road earlier in the season and remained undefeated for the seventh consecutive match against them (4-0-3). They have been great as hosts against Aston Villa in the past 8 years (3-1-1) and they should be able to bounce back with a home win here.
Premier League Southampton vs Aston Villa Prediction: Southampton -0.75 (-126)
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